6 Fixes We’d Like to See in Google Apps
Posted: October 19, 2012 in Gadgets, Geek Stuff
Tags: app, Google
1. Gmail and iOS Don’t Get Along
It probably goes without saying that Google’s services tend to function better on Android devices — Gmail can get more than a little screwy on iOS and other smartphone software.
Many users dislike the Gmail mobile app for iOS, since it doesn’t have everything necessary to replace the native mail app. For example, in regular mail, users can’t edit specific Gmail settings such as labels or vacation auto responses, forcing them to switch to the web version for access.
2. Drive Integration
Users often work with Google Docs and Spreadsheets in close conjunction with Gmail, which is why it would be useful if there were more integration between Drive and Mail — or all apps, for that matter. For instance, in Gmail there are labels, but in Drive there are only folders, perhaps putting some projects at odds with others.
There’s also the issue of formatting when converting files (such as PowerPoint presentations) to Google Drive, which can mess with the document’s aesthetics.
3. Voice Mobile App Bugs
User have reported that the iPhone version of Google Voice often delays text delivery and freezes (which isn’t necessarily Google’s fault). The Android version, in contrast, seems to lack a speed dial interface and a call history that the iOS app has.
4. Google Analytics Sign-In
Analytics doesn’t allow multiple sign-in, forcing a user to log other accounts out of apps in order to use the service.
5. Gmail Space Limit
Gmail has a hard data limit of 10GB for free users, who can pay to increase the bandwidth to 25GB, but there’s no option to buy space greater than that. To keep your single email account in working order, you need to delete emails, which could prove problematic, depending on how long you’ve operated that particular account.
6. Reader’s Design
The main gripe with Google Reader seems to be its lackluster design, prompting users to opt for alternatives such as NetVibes, Prismatic or the Flipboard mobile app.
Google actually simplified Reader’s design last year after integrating Google+, but it leaves something to be desired.
For a free service, Google Apps is not too shabby. You can create, edit and share documents with Drive, handle all correspondences in Mail, organize your day-to-day affairs with Calendar, find novels and articles with Books, and a lot more.
Even though Google Apps is a decent free alternative to software such as Microsoft Office, there are few things that the company could improve (or work with others to improve), such as space limits, lack of cohesiveness between apps and other small difficulties, in order to provide a better user experience.
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